“Mission: Impossible 3” and “Star Trek” director J.J. Abrams has been doing interviews lately to promote the new season of “Fringe”, and this week he gave quotes on the status of potential sequels to those two aforementioned films.
In regards to ‘Trek’ he tells The Los Angeles Times that they’re not rushing it as “The ambition for a sequel to ‘Star Trek’ is to make a movie that’s worthy of the audience and not just another movie, you know, just a second movie that feels tacked on. The first movie was so concerned with just setting up the characters — their meeting each and galvanizing that family — that in many ways a sequel will have a very different mission. it needs to do what [the late ‘Trek’ creator Gene] Roddenberry did so well, which is allegory. It needs to tell a story that has connection to what is familiar and what is relevant. It also needs to tell it in a spectacular way that hides the machinery and in a primarily entertaining and hopefully moving story.”
‘Trek’ scribe Roberto Orci in the same article was a bit more forthcoming, saying “We’ve literally had two meetings now. We haven’t decided anything but we’re starting to circle around some ideas. We got a lot of fan response from the first one and a considerable amount of critical response and one of the things we heard was, ‘Make sure the next one deals with modern-day issues.’ we’re trying to keep it as up-to-date and as reflective of what’s going on today as possible. So that’s one thing, to make it reflect the things that we are all dealing with today.”
As for the fourth ‘Mission’ film, Abrams tells Sci-Fi Wire that “Ee have a really cool story. It’s being written right now by Andre Nemec and Josh Applebaum… We’re hoping to get it soon, like by the end of the year.” Would he direct it? “I’m open to anything.”